Corn at Whitehall Farm in Yellow Springs
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Due to heavy rains in late April, it’s been a late planting year for farmers in Ohio.

Jason Ward farms over 500 acres of organic crops in the Miami Valley. 

He planted late this year because of rain in April and early May. He says the ground was too moist and if he’d planted his seeds then they would have rotted in the ground. But, he says, he finished planting his fields about 10 days ago and now it needs some rain. 

A car near the intersection of Third and Whiteman Street in Xenia airs out after recent flooding.
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On June 30, heavy rains hit Xenia, leading to flooding throughout much of the city.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio says that two inches of rain fell on Xenia in less than eighty minutes. They say another resident recorded 1 inch of rainfall in just eighteen minutes.

Empty Field At Whitehall Farm
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The 10 acres of sunflowers along Ohio State Route 68 outside of Yellow Springs won’t be planted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Village of Donnelsville Government Center.
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The US Environmental Protection Agency has started community interviews to obtain feedback regarding a contaminated aquifer in Clark County.  The public comment opportunity was moved to a digital format due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia.
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Ohio Governor Mike Dewine announced this week that county fairs are now permitted to re-open, so long as Department of Health safety standards are met. Fair organizers say these county fairs are important — for both the economy and the sense of community in rural areas.

Formerly a farm on the edge of Yellow Springs, Agraria is now a land laboratory, educational center and environmental stewardship program.
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Just outside of Yellow Springs is a former farm that has been turned into Ohio’s first center for regenerative practice. It’s a new project by the Arthur Morgan Institute, which serves as an educational and research center to explore the direct relationship between healthy environments and healthy communities.

Faraday Technology, Inc. Headquarters In Englewood
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A local engineering firm has received a new grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. It’s intended to help them develop new technology that will hopefully aid in the removal of harmful man-made chemicals from the environment.

Property Adjacent To Proposed Mine
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The trial in a lawsuit against a Clark County mining company will resume in late July. This comes after a four month delay due to the coronavirus.

Volunteers pulling discarded tires from the Little Miami River.
Contributed / Little Miami River Watershed Network

Every year, the Little Miami River Watershed Network hosts a clean-up day, to collect some of the trash people have dumped into local waterways. This year, because of coronavirus, they’re doing their clean-up a bit differently.

The lower Miami Valley is like a bowl says Hope Taft. She’s the Chair of the Little Miami Watershed Network. She says all the water that drains into the Little Miami River, eventually drains into the Little Miami aquifer.